Between April and September Aphids can quickly multiply and if not controlled they can distort and weaken plants. As tempting as it can be to remove them as quickly as possible, greenfly and blackfly can be an important part of your garden’s ecosystem. They are a food source to many helpful insects which will control their populations naturally if they’re left in place and keep your garden buzzing with life without damaging plants or interrupting nature’s biological rhythms.

Look out for Ladybirds and their funny spiky babies which will each feast on hundreds of aphids. If you don’t have abundant supplies of naturally occurring aphid predators like these, you can buy them to introduce or to boost populations. We like Ladybird Plant Care.